To mark Safer Internet Day 2018 with the rest of the world, the Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by OCERT organized an event last Thursday at 5pm to 10pm at Muscat Grand Mall consisting of several awareness and educational activities and sessions targeting parents, teachers and kids from 5 to 18 years old. The event was organized in partnership with a number of government and private entities including ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments, ministry of Education, ministry of Social Development, and Insight as an event sponsor.
The event started with a welcoming speech by OCERT followed by an awareness session delivered by Sultan Bin Nasser Alamri from the Omani Association for Hearing Impaired, through which he gave a number of tips with sign language on how to use information communication technologies safely. Besides, ENG. Abdullah Bin Nasser Albahrani, an Omani IT specialist, gave an awareness session on how to select the reliable and trusted software providers online. The event also included a number of educational activities and which witnessed great interaction and enthusiasm from parents and kids as well as an educational exhibition.
in addition, a number of messages were shared through ITA’s Social media accounts under the hashtag #SID2018 to raise awareness on cyber security and promote the culture of proper use of the Internet among adults. The campaign also addressed the Internet risks for children and youngest and the best ways to deal with them, as well as highlighting the legal aspects in the use of the Internet in general and social media channels specifically.
It is worth to mention that the Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. It started as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, and then has gone beyond its geographical border to be celebrated by all every first Tuesday from the month of February every year.
More than 100 countries are celebrating this international day and this year it comes under the theme of (Create, Connect and Share Respect: A Better Internet Starts with You”). From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.